Immigration Lawyer Launches To Help Others With New Deferred Action

Richard Herman, a nationally-known immigration lawyer & author, has launched www.Deferred-Action-Lawyer to provide updates on new Deferred Action program, which will allow up to 1.4 million undocumented youth to file for 2-year work permits & relief from deportation

Online PR News – 24-June-2012 – Cleveland, Ohio – Richard Herman, a deferred action attorney and the co-author of the book, "Immigrant, Inc." (Wiley, 2009), has launched a new website to help others understand the benefits and risks involved in the new Deferred Action program announced on June 15, 2012 by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Concerned with immigrants falling prey to unscrupulous service providers who provide misleading or false information on deferred action, Richard Herman says, "the new website is intended to be an educational portal for all those interested in learning the do's and dont's in applying for the new deferred action program, which will provide up to 1.4 million undocumented youth the opportunity to obtain relief from removal and a 2-year work permit. Those who work with undocumented immigrants, such as immigration lawyers and immigrant rights activists, are concerned that some unethical individuals will prey upon the undocumented immigrant community with misleading information about the Deferred Action program. We've seen this many times before when immigration law has changed and immigrants, desperate for legal status, are vulnerable to empty promises by some agents, attorneys or notaries. I launched to help educate the community about the benefits, and risks, of the deferred action program."

Eligible individuals for the new Deferred Action program, as outlined in Napalitano's memo, "Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities," are those who:

• Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
• Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years
preceding June 15, 2012, and are present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
• Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a
general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged
veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
• Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor
offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national
security or public safety; and
• Are not above the age of thirty.

Those who work with undocumented immigrants such as immigration lawyers and immigrant rights activists are concerned that some unethical individuals will prey upon the undocumented immigrant community with misleading information about the Deferred Action program. Weve seen this many times before when immigration law has changed and immigrants desperate for legal status are vulnerable to empty promises by some agents attorneys or notaries. I launched to help educate the community about the benefits and risks of the deferred action program.

Those who prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria may be granted deferred action/prosecutorial discretion, which will give them immunity from deportation and the ability to apply for work authorization with no renewal limits.

The website www.Deferred-Action-Lawyer will provide updates and clarifications on the Deferred Action process as they become known.

Says deferred action attorney Richard Herman, "there are a lot of questions that have yet to be answered by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service ("USCIS"), and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), regarding the new Deferred Action program. These federal agencies have been given 60 days from the announcement to provide the public with information on how to apply for Deferred Action. Up to this moment, we have just some basic information on eligibility, but information on how and when to apply has not been released."

While many immigrants are eager to apply for Deferred Action relief, USCIS has alerted eligible individuals NOT to submit a deferred action request under the Deferred Action Process for Young People memorandum at this time. As stated by USCIS, "if you submit now, your application will be rejected. The Secretary’s directive gives USCIS 60 days to create a process to accept these requests and we are unable to accept requests at this time."

Deferred action lawyers like Richard Herman are already getting a lot of phone calls from people looking for answers to their questions about the new immigration rule.

"The phones are ringing with people asking whether they are eligible for deferred action, where do they apply, when can they apply, and what documentation they will need to apply? I am informing folks to go to for updates on the deferred action program, and to use this time wisely by collecting documentation of their eligibility, such as school records, medical records, affidavits, photographs, letters of good moral character, and other information that can help demonstrate that they meet the requirements relating to time of entry to the U.S., length of residency in the U.S., education or military service requirements, age requirements, and good moral character requirements relating to any criminal conviction history or security issues," said Richard Herman.

The website will be updated daily to provide information as it becomes available, as well as provide tips from Immigration Attorney Richard Herman on how best to prepare for filing deferred action requests.

As an authority on the economic contributions of immigrants to America, Richard Herman will also be offering his views on the website relating to the economic ramifications of the new deferred action program.

Richard Herman is encouraged by President Obama's move to grant deferred action and support supporting immigrant talent, saying "Deferred Action will make our country more competitive in the global economy. Young people with Deferred Action status will be able to attend college and work upon graduation. Granting deferred action will allow these young people to live up to their fullest potential and contribute to the economic growth of our country. Deferred action will have important economic benefits. According to a recent UCLA study, students that would be impacted by deferred action could add between $1.4 to $3.6 trillion in taxable income to our economy over the course of their careers, depending on how many ultimately gain legal status. This income is substantially higher than the income they would earn if they were unable to attend and complete a college education. In fact, research indicates that the average college graduate earned nearly 60 percent more than a high-school graduate. We have much to gain from doing right by these young people"

Richard Herman is an immigration attorney with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Raleigh. He serves clients in all 50 states. He has 18+ years of experience in immigraiton law, is AV-Rated, and listed in "Super Lawyers." He is the co-author of "Immigrant, Inc. -- Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and How They Will Save the American Worker)." (Wiley, 2009). He is one of the architects of a national movement to revitalize America’s economy through federal and local “immigrant friendly” policies. Herman travels the country as a speaker for the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition founded by Mike Bloomberg & Rupert Murdoch and comprised of 500 CEOs and Mayors who believe in the economic benefits of smart immigration law reform and in welcoming immigrants. He has appeared on FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and interviewed in USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., and in publications from around the world.

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